Sponsor Deadline
Posted: 4/18/2022

Reducing Public Exposure to Indoor Pollutants

This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits applications from eligible entities that advance national policy or systems-level change to reduce indoor air risks and yield measurable environmental and public health outcomes.

EPA has identified and characterized significant risks to public health from indoor environmental contaminants that are commonly found in homes, schools, and offices or commercial nonindustrial buildings where Americans spend up to 90 percent of their time. Levels of air pollution indoors are often two to five times higher, and occasionally 100 times higher than outdoor levels. Common indoor air contaminants include radon, environmental asthma triggers, such as secondhand smoke and mold, particulate matter, combustion byproducts and volatile organic compounds. Estimates of the economic costs associated with adverse health and productivity effects of poor indoor air quality (IAQ) fall between $13 and $32 billion annually. Additionally, the annual sales of IAQ products and services are valued at $18–$30 billion and are associated with approximately 150,000–250,000 current jobs.

Indoor contaminants may be of natural origin (e.g., radon, allergens, molds), may derive from products used indoors (e.g., finishes, furnishings, cleaning products), and may result from indoor processes and behaviors (e.g., smoking, use of unvented combustion sources, cleaning, operation and maintenance procedures). Building systems also have a direct influence on the type and amount of exposure to environmental contaminants indoors. IAQ can be improved and exposure to unhealthy indoor air in buildings reduced through better design, construction, operation and maintenance and renovation practices; changes in the personal choices and behaviors of occupants; and mitigation of IAQ problems. National policies and systems provide a framework for indoor air risk reduction, help to address disparities and ensure sustainable improvements.

The goal of EPA’s Indoor Air Quality Program is to reduce the environmental health risks posed by contaminants in indoor environments. This is achieved by understanding the science of both environmental health risks and effective prevention and control methods. This knowledge then is used to promote appropriate, evidence-based environmental risk reduction activities through voluntary actions by the general public and key stakeholders to improve IAQ

Deadline: Sep. 15, 2020

Areas of Interest

Applications must address one or more of the following EPA Indoor Air Program priority areas:

• Radon

• Indoor Environmental Asthma Triggers

• Comprehensive Indoor Air Risk Reduction

Eligibility Requirements

In accordance with CFDA 66.034, applications will be accepted from states, local governments, territories, Indian tribes, and possessions of the U.S., including the District of Columbia, international organizations, public and private universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, and other public or private non-profit institutions.

Amount Description

The total estimated funding for this competitive opportunity is approximately $800,000 annually, for up to three years. Individual awards are expected to range from $75,000 to $200,000, annually. EPA anticipates awarding up to approximately 5 cooperative agreement(s) from this announcement, subject to availability of funds, the quality of applications received, and other applicable considerations.

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